Having your rights threatened? It stinks.

Listen to the podcast segment "The other parts of the First Amendment" from the March 31, 2018 episode

A northwest Iowa man has secured his right to say what he wants about his local government. Josh Harms of Sibley has won a Federal court injunction ensuring his right to leave up a website called ShouldYouMoveToSibleyIA.com, where he has expressed his opinion that local officials aren't doing enough to make the town an attractive place to live. The ACLU joined his side in the case, and the injunction won't necessarily force the city to do what he wants, but it stops the local government from trying to stop him from complaining. 

It might still bring about social consequences, of course (making fun of your own town in public can certainly cause that), but the First Amendment is pretty clear -- not only that you have the right to free speech, but also that you get to complain about your government. 

As Americans, we believe that "to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" is both a fundamental natural right -- and something that many of our fellow humans have far too long been denied.

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